Milani Baked Eyeshadows Metallic

Hi Guys and Dolls!

Today I’m sharing my swatches and thoughts (Show and Tell anyone?! *eyebrow waggle*) on the Milani Baked Eyeshadow Metallic- something I’ve had for a few months but for some silly reason I haven’t talked about it!  On the upside I’ve had them so long that my review is quite detailed and concrete. Here’s what Milani has to say about  them:

Captivating eyeshadow powder that features multiple infusions of colors baked on Italian terracotta tiles. Metallic eyeshadows contain richly refined color intense metallic pigments. All of these gorgeous combinations are designed to be used Wet or Dry.

In my opinion, these are for the most part high-quality baked shadows that truly rival what I’ve seen from high-end companies; in fact these are made in Italy, as are most  (if not all) baked mineral shadows from high-end companies. Like most mineral/baked eyeshadows I used, these have a medium-sheer color payoff when used dry, but used wet watch out- they are brilliantly pigmented and metallic! I really like that they are build-able because you can use them as transitional colors -in between/under other shadows to help them blend. I find shadow like this are easier to use than ones that are full-force, and unlike some “buildable” shadows that get flaky/cakey/dry looking as your build, these keep their texture, which is good for most of these shades. The Lasting power is pretty good, much better with a primer, though I did notice a tiny bit of fading even with a primer. The colors themselves are excellent and all can be worn in a bold or as subdued manner if you like. I love that they did a brown- I don’t have any baked mineral browns!

The packaging on these leaves something to be desired; The shadow is housed in a rather large compact with the black bottom and a clear, rounded top; The applicator is useless, and in my opinion only makes the compact bulkier than it needs to be (Although it’s worth mentioning that most drugstore brands include unfortunate applicators/brushes, and that the inclusion of applicators makes the packaging bulky). When I first got these some were a bit difficult to open, though now they open with ease. In any case the product inside is great and that’s the whole reason you buy them anyway.

I reviewed the Baked Marble Eyeshadows recently if you’d like to see that review as well.

Here’s a breakdown of the colors:

Teal The Truth–  robins-egg-blue with metallic golden shimmer; Great Color payoff and a smooth texture, looks about the same wet or dry. This is one of the better ones from this set of 6. There are many shades similar to this but I can’t think of an exact dupe; Sigma Oversee is deeper and greener, Urban Decay Shattered is bluer and more complex.

Blue My Mind– metallic deep blue with a brighter blue shimmer and gold flecks, a Bit sheer and a touch difficult to build up on the eye when sued dry, but used over a sticky base (a NYX jumbo pencil for example) it has a wow factor that rivals the deep shade of MAC’s Sea and Sky duo.

Purrr-Fect Purple– dusty violet with a pink shimmer- a bit gritty and the color pay-off is disappointing. this is the only shade that doesn’t wow me- I still like it, but perhaps the color is just a little dull for my taste, and considering how Milani tends to come out with really rich purple products, this one was a let down for me. The Base color of a dull purple reminds me of MAC Purple Haze and the shimmer reminds me of MAC Violet Pigment.

I Heart You– warm metallic red with a red-pink shimmer Great pigmentation and can I just say how great it is to see a red eyeshadow available at the drugstore/mass-market and part of a  regular lineup (not just for holiday/limited life). I don’t know of an exact dupe, Sugarpill Asylum is deeper and less pink, MAC’s Dangerzone is more golden and has less glitter.

Pink Twice– light pink with a pink shimmer that appears brighter than the base color- LOVE IT… as a blush. This is another shade that is gritty and has poor color payoff when used dry, and becomes a bit better when used wet, though still gritty, However I love using this as a transitional color and to blend out purples. The Only comparison that I have that comes close is Sugarpill’s Birthday Girl which is more pigmented, smoother, and has glitter where pink twice has glitter and shimmer.

Rich Java- satin chocolate brown with gold shimmer HOLY PIGMENTED BROWN MINERAL EYESHADOW BATMAN! This is probably the best quality shadow of the 6 in this set, and a bit rare; I can’t think of any baked/solid mineral eyeshdows that are chocolate brown. In terms of color It’s VERY close to MAC’s Center Stage Mega Metal shadow and “Make Your  Mark” Pro Longwear eyeshadow.

Ready for a Swatchapalooza?

Clockwise from the top: I Heart You, Pink Twice, Rich Java, Teal The Truth, Blue My Mind, and Purrr-Fect Purple

Swatched Dry, no base From L-R: Teal the Truth, Blue My Mind, Purrr-Fect Purple, I Heart You, Pink Twice & Rich Java

Swatched Dry over Too Faced Shadow Insurance, L-R: Pink Twice, I Heart You, Teal The Truth, Blue My Mind, Purrr-Fect and Rich Java

Built up a wet layer over the dry layer above, L-R: Pink Twice, I Heart You, Teal The Truth, Blue My Mind, Purrr-Fect and Rich Java

Milani has been a fave Drugstore/mass-market brand of mine for a long time, but I think a truer statement now is that they are just one of my fave brands period.  Milani always seems to come out with amazing products at a price point that is easy to swallow!

What? Milani Baked Shadows Metallic

Where to Buy? Drugstores,

How Much? $7.49 for 1.5 gm

Tested on Animals: NOPE!



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  1. October 4, 2011 / 7:56 pm

    I have Teal the Truth and love it! Thanks for the review and swatches!

  2. Tamarei
    October 4, 2011 / 8:06 pm

    Love the colors!! Really pigmented when eyeshadow base has been apply!!

  3. Angie
    October 4, 2011 / 9:24 pm

    Thanks for the swatches…….excited to try these!

  4. October 5, 2011 / 12:28 am

    Ohh pretty!! I like the red one, very unique!

  5. October 5, 2011 / 6:10 pm

    so very pretty! i really love these shades and great price

  6. Autumn
    October 8, 2011 / 3:43 pm

    i REALLY, REALLY want these!!!!!

  7. Ivy
    October 11, 2011 / 6:27 pm

    Got mine the other day, red was a must have for me and brown became one to when I realized it was a unique color. Can’t wait to try Teal the truth and the purple one.

  8. kim
    January 2, 2013 / 7:57 pm

    that pruple looks like rockstar from urban decay

  9. December 21, 2013 / 11:19 pm

    Girlll! You need to start hitting up your local Dollar Tree because Milani there is only $1 each I have all of these plus a ton of other products and though it’s worth WAY more than $1, I’m not complaining 🙂

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